Morrison Regional Library is getting a big upgrade but it will have to close for a year

Morrison Regional Library is getting a big upgrade but it will have to close for a year
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News capsule

Morrison Regional Library in the Morrocroft area is getting set for an $8 million renovation that will make the entrance much more inviting, open up more public areas and make the library easier to navigate. The drawback: The library will be closed for more than a year — from spring 2016 to fall 2017.

Expected closing date is May 1.

Here’s how it looks now:

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Here’s how it will look (this is a rear view; check out the outdoor space):

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Fast facts

  • The current library building has been in use for 25 years.
  • After renovation, the library will have a bigger children’s area, more program areas, more community rooms and group study areas, a self-service cafe, a “creative maker-space” and outdoor areas.
  • Besides the outdoor portico on the bottom level, there will be an outdoor balcony on the upper level as well.
  • Books will be moved toward the middle and open meeting spaces will be on the outside by the windows.
  • Total square footage will go from about 24,108 to about 26,711.
  • Beyond the design changes, there will also be fixes to the library’s electrical, HVAC, fire protection and telecommunications infrastructure.
  • The default library for people who usually come here will be South County Library, which is 5 miles away but feels a lot farther because of traffic.
  • There will be children’s storytimes held at Carmel Presbyterian Church and Sharon Presbyterian Church, both of which are nearby.
  • This is the first of four major library renovations. The next ones will be at West Boulevard, North County and South County libraries.
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